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Celebrity designer Jonathan Adler features fall design trends

Celebrity designer Jonathan Adler started out with a passion for pottery and turned his love of design into a mission to bring modern American glamour to homes everywhere.

He has over 25 stores bearing his name – and his designs can be found in over 1,000 retailers across the world. He describes his work as style, craft and joy. His style is classic meets modern, always with a bit of humor. He’s a designer, a potter and author.

He visits WCL to talk about the latest design trends for fall.

Some of the trends are:

–Add metallics to combat dark, dull days (with a metallic pillow, for example)
–Add color to combat dark, dull days (with colorful acrylic accessories, for example)
–Up your entertaining game with surreal serve ware that doubles as conversation pieces (like with our Eve Bon Bon Bowl, for example)
–Take your hostess gifts to the next level – no one needs another boring bottle of wine because fall is the season to be invited over to people’s houses as well as having people over. Boxed gifts (such as our coasters, S&P sets, or candles are great affordable options that are pretty enough you don’t even have to wrap them).

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Le Specs Designer on Bella and Gigi Hadid Sunglasses Trends

You know those incredible slim cateye frames that every celebrity, including Gigi and Bella Hadid, has worn (seriously ev-er-y-one)? They’re Le Specs. This Sydney-based sunglasses company’s chic and affordable glasses have become it-accessories for the fashion set. Stylish caught up with the designer of Le Specs, Hamish Tame, and got the scoop on how he creates his influencer-loved and Instagram-friendly designs, as well as his inspirations, the trends he foresees with sunnies and even what we can expect to spot on the celeb mafia that loves his spectacles next season! 

First, that major small-lens sunglasses trend that took off like wildfire this summer? It took Tame by surprise. “It felt so crazy when we were designing the collection because it was so different than everything else happening at the time,” said Tame, who further explained that the small-lens trend isn’t going anywhere for the next few seasons.

When it comes to his inspiration, Tame explained that he’s been looking to the ‘90s — particularly Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston — for inspiration. But as far as his modern muses go, it’s all about that sister duo. “I also like to think about what Gigi and Bella Hadid would want to wear next as a starting point. Both girls who have a really unique sense of style that feels exciting but also effortless,” said Tames. 

Up next for the brand: Wraparound designs — a refresh of the tiny frame look. Next season’s collection is going to have a real ‘90s moment according to Tame — but it will be re-worked with the signature minimal LeSpecs touch. More details: you’ll be seeing tinted lenses and narrow silhouettes, looks which he calls “refreshing after years of heavy oversized sunglasses.” 

Want to up your sunny game like a Hadid? Tame has some tips. First: have a few pairs of sunglasses on rotation, so that you’re not tied to one look. Next, make sure you have a classic pair of frames for your everyday go-to. Then, add in a couple of pairs that have different shapes or colors that you haven’t tried before — perfect for weekends and parties! 

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EXCLUSIVE: Ace designer Payal Singhal on the latest wedding season trends, do’s and dont’s for brides and more

Mumbai based designer Payal Singhal’s studied fashion design at SNDT University launched her eponymous label in 1999. 

Her label’s 15-year creative progression has overlapped with Singhal’s self-discovery. Today, she has an online store catering to the international market and a celebrity clientele that keeps her in the news constantly. 

As wedding season is approaching we decided to get in touch with Payal Singhal and get her to spill her take on wedding dressing this season. 


1. Describe the “Payal Singhal” bride?


The Payal Singhal label is for modern brides who want something unique for her wedding. She is the one who wants to be comfortable and effortless on her big day. 

“The cliché overtly put-together vibe has been replaced by swag in her case.”

Don’t be surprised if she pairs her lehenga with the coolest aviators! This new-age Payal Singhal bride is a connoisseur of unique, and not necessarily heavy, looks.

2. What is new in your collection which is being presented at the Vogue Wedding Show?

We noticed that shoppers not just comprise of the bride, but also of her family members and friends. So we have worked on a very inclusive collection this season. We have pieces for the bride and her trousseau as well as for her sister, mother, and bridesmaids. 

The new-age bride is not necessarily keen on heavy clothes. She is looking for something unique instead.

“The Payal Singhal Bride collection is unconventional and fun pieces of contemporary Indian bridal wear.”



3. What are the key trends for bridal wear this season?

This year belongs to the vintage bride, who borrows from yesteryear elegance and drama to marry romanticism with raw sensuality in equal measure. She is a bride who would rather keep them guessing and leave some (more) to the imagination.   

1. Mul Anarkali

2. Full-sleeved cholis with a plunging neckline

3. High waist lehengas

4. Fitted tube lehenga skirts will be highlighted this year. 

5. Ivory tones and muted pastels will take centre stage too.



4. What is in store for the grooms?


“Grooms should ditch traditional sherwanis in favour of prints and brocades, Jodhpuri sets and easier pieces.”


5. Trends and styles brides should avoid wearing?

The trend is moving towards more individualistic and curated looks—women don’t want their repertoires to scream ‘head-to-toe store bought’ anymore. Hence, mixing and matching of easy separates is fast gaining momentum. 

The trend of the heavy, matching bridal sets is also a thing of the past. Focusing on just one statement piece is the way to go today.

Overdoing it is a big faux pas. Another mistake is not thinking of your look in a coherent manner. 

“‘Many brides tend to buy their clothes and jewellery in isolation, without thinking of how they will team up together for a cohesive look. All the elements of your outfit should complement each other.”

Often times, brides don’t think of their wedding repertoire, as a whole. They should try and include a mix of silhouettes, colours and styles across their functions. This variety will also serve them well when they want to carry your trousseau forward. 


6. What is your favourite or signature piece from your collection?

 A pale grey set comprising of a tulle skirt with mukaish work paired with an embroidered blazer worn over bustier is my favourite. It’s sexy but not in a stereotypical way. 

The 2017 bride is all about sass, and this outfit is just the kind of tongue-in-cheek outfit that would win her favour. She can easily wear it for her sangeet, reception, or cocktail; and use it as separates post her wedding. 




7. How would you define your design aesthetics?

While the term ‘modern Indian clothing’ has become commonplace today, when the label was launched in 1999, it was to fill this very void that existed in the market back then. 

Ever since the brand has been committed to creating contemporary Indian bridal and occasion wear loaded with a global appeal. While history and culture are always our starting points, the aim is to approach tradition with a renewed outlook to give our collections present-day relevance. 

Hence each of our ensembles can easily transition to non-traditional occasions too. We were also one of the very first Indian brands to launch the unique concept of travelling trunk shows. 

Our signature aesthetic is ”contemporary and minimalistic, with the silhouette always serving as the key focal point. Our emphasis has always been wearability, comfort, value for money, and maximum impact with minimum effort.”


8. What inspired your collection?

 The collection goes back in history and traces the influence of Islam on the art, textiles and architecture in regions like Turkey, Morocco, Persia, Mughal India, Iran, and Afghanistan. 

”This distinct Islamic aesthetic has been captured in the collection by way of intricate patterns, jaali work, filigree, and antique embroidery inspired from those countries and time periods.”


9. Tell us about the fabrics developed for this collection?

 I have always been intrigued by cutwork and filigree and have often explored this interest in the peek-a-boo effect by way of embroideries, tulle skirts, and brocade strip lehengas. This season, we have gone a step ahead and created fabrics with filigree and pure jaali work. The entire process is incredibly time consuming and intricate. 30-40 artisans working for about 10 hours a day take close to 45-60 days to hand embroider one such lehenga. 

These are created using time-honoured techniques that are passed down for generations in weaver families. Hence we collaborate with the local artisans in Lucknow and Banaras and work on fabrics they create to modernise it, giving rise to entirely new techniques and textiles in the process. 

 We have also created patterns that fuse the past with the present. For instance, traditional gota borders and vintage embroidery from Lucknow and Hyderabad have been juxtaposed with modern materials like leather for an unexpected look.


10. What about the wedding guest?

”Wedding guests shouldn’t shy away from mixing and matching outfits. Use your existing pieces and team them with new pieces in unique ways to curate fun Indo-western looks”


11. Urban Brides’ wardrobe staples?

The yesteryear concept of trousseau is outdated today. With trends changing so quickly, brides don’t want to be stuck with the same pieces for too long, hence are largely opting for 8-10 traditional pieces apart from the main bridal outfits.

I’ve noticed that these are generally outfits that they use for the smaller wedding functions like pujas and dinners, and also tide them over for the first year of marriage.
“One traditional and one concept sari, a range of suits, a high-waisted lehenga, and timeless heirloom pieces work well for the trousseau. 
For the wedding day, she should invest in the right lingerie and shoes.”

“Keep an emergency kit with a sewing set, double sided tape, safety pins, scissors etc. handy. I also advise brides to have a backup outfit, in the case of an unforeseen need! It need not be as heavy and ornate as the main outfits and can always be used later as well.”



12. Tell us about your association with the Vogue Wedding Show?

This is the second time we are participating in the show, and we are excited to be sharing the space with all the other key players in the bridal market. 

We have mainly been an occasion wear brand since the inception, and have ventured into bridal wear in the last couple years and the Vogue Wedding Show is the perfect platform to showcase that.

It not only gives us a chance to show the new collection but also interact with clients and understand the mood of the bridal market at large.


13. Why do you look forward to this event?

The timing is opportune — it is right at the beginning of the bridal season; so it is a great way to kick start the festive season. 

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One Indian Designer Re Establishes The White Kurta Pyjama For Summer | Style & Beauty

The art of wearing a white kurta-pyjama as a regular outfit is long lost and sadly, is now only confined to the few hours of Gabbar’s favourite day of the year. As kids, we saw our grandfathers put on a crisp white set every day but the busy lives and ‘trousers’ carried us all away.

For our social experiment, 31 Days Of Summer, we got together with 31 young and dynamic ladies to present before you, their go-to summer looks. While some pulled off celebrity trends, others managed to talk about the most happening trends of the season. From recreating looks inspired by Kim Kardashian and Sonam Kapoor, to trying the most ridiculous, paper-bag waist, we did it all.

One of our ladies was the co-founder of Huemn and a connoisseur of design, prose and really poor jokes (as mentioned in her Instagram bio), Shyma Shetty. While other girls chose to wear summer in forms of floral dresses and big shirts, Shyma showed up in a dazzling but very humble set of white kurta-pyjamas. On asking why she made the choice, she said, “I work in an environment where I’m on my feet a lot and I’ve always veered towards comfy, oversized separates in my style, especially on long days in the factory. Worldwide, the dress/tunic over pants has seen a big comeback in our times because of ease of wear and movement and the humble desi kurta-pyjama hasn’t got its due.”

One Indian Designer Re Establishes The White Kurta Pyjama For Summer

One Indian Designer Re Establishes The White Kurta Pyjama For Summer

She also added, “100% unlined cotton is perfect to beat the Delhi heat, the pants are beyond comfy and the stark white canvas lets me explore my accessory game.” We totally agree! Lighter colours in summer are definitely a big relief as they absorb lesser heat than darker hues.

One Indian Designer Re Establishes The White Kurta Pyjama For Summer

We wouldn’t be lying if we say that her look had us floored. Even with the simple set she nailed quite a few summer trends in one go, like, light colours, white on white, oversized silhouettes etc. Even functionality wise, the outfit was so comfortable and easy that it makes for the perfect choice on a busy summer day. No hassle, no fuss! Thanks, Shyma for making a great case in favour of the white kurta-pyjama. We can’t wait to try it for ourselves.

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‘Designer nipples’ set to be the troubling cosmetic trend of 2017

Too big, too small, uneven and saggy. For years women’s breasts have been met with far-reaching criticism, leading to body issues and unnecessary worry.

But, as if we don’t have enough to contend with, we’re now being asked to reconsider what’s normal when it comes to our nips.

These days it seems no ordinary boob job will do, after one surgeon revealed that he has seen a huge surge in the number of women asking for nipple operations.

In as little as six months, Dr Norman Rowe, a plastic surgeon based in New York City, says that the weekly number of nipple patients has more than quadrupled, from four a week to around 18.

“Nothing is above cosmetic surgery now, people are looking at every detail. It’s not enough now to get a breast augmentation or rhinoplasty – women want to fine-tune every element. And these days, that’s possible.”

Worryingly, this is a trend that Rowe says is driven by the fashion of celebrities like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Rihanna wearing sheer tops or dresses that leave their nipples exposed. 


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As such, he reports women being triggered to ask him for lighter nipples, smaller areolas and more symmetry. 

“You see a lot of celebrities now wearing see-through dresses,” he said.

“My patients come in with pictures from magazines of nipples that they want; they want to wear see-through dresses too, and that makes them take a closer look at their nipples.”

In some instances, patients are even asking for more protruding nipples that will show when they go braless.


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“For want of a better word, they want headlights,’ Dr Rowe explains.

“I’ve had a number of women tell me that, when they’re wearing a bathing suit, they want their nipples to be more prominent.”

While the free the nipple movement remains important to gender equality, it seems that the increased attention to the area has created a whole new area of insecurity for women.

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Celebrity, athlete and game designer: What today’s Hong Kong primary school pupils want to become

Hong Kong primary school children dream of becoming celebrities, athletes or game designers instead of going into traditional areas like teaching, law and medicine, according to a survey carried out by a youth group.

Yet many did not think their parents would approve of their choices, said researchers, who called on parents to communicate more with their children.

Out of 1,152 primary five and six pupils from 12 schools surveyed by the Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association between April and June last year, the most popular occupation picked by more than 10 per cent of respondents was either to become a movie star or a singer. This was followed by athlete and game designer.

The study also found that some 15 children wanted to become “YouTubers” and other types of social media celebrity. Teachers, doctors and lawyers ranked fourth, fifth and ninth respectively.

Kids now have more diverse dream jobs, poll finds

Akina Sze Sin-li, who is in charge of the association’s family wellness centre, said parents should open themselves to new career trends and develop diverse interests in their children instead of imposing traditional career choices.

The most important thing for children, Sze said, was to let them set their own goals and fight for them. “Whatever dream jobs children have may not be their actual jobs in future, but at least they had a dream – to be confident in themselves and dare to try,” she said.

While most students chose their dream jobs based on interest and ability, close to half who picked the top three choices said their parents would probably not approve. About one-quarter, however, were unsure what their parents might expect them to become.

The centre’s supervisor, Raymond Ng Wai-cham, advised parents to develop their children’s curiosity about future careers and discuss the ups and downs in their own jobs.

He also said parents might not realise their support could be vital to their children’s confidence in their future, and they should value their children’s wishes and adjust expectations according to their abilities.

Hong Kong teenagers ‘have no belief in their ability to achieve career goals’, survey says

Fiona Wong, a mother of two, brought her son to a variety of interest groups before she realised his interest in soccer after he entered primary school.

As her son furthered his interest, he learned to discipline himself by finding a balance between school work and regular soccer training.

Wong said the key was to let children do things of their own accord. “Children will realise their goals and go for them if you let them pursue their aspirations.”

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